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# Never before had circus-goers confronted so much excitement

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Never before had circus-goers confronted so much excitement at once as they had in 1871 when the Ringling brothers first opened their circus.

A. so much excitement at once as they had in
B. at once as much excitement as
C. at once as much excitement that there were with
D. as much excitement at once as they confronted in
E. so much excitement at once that confronted them in
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Updated on: 30 Jun 2012, 19:05
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faltuhaiye11 wrote:
Never before had circus-goers confronted so much excitement at once as they had in 1871 when the Ringling brothers first opened their circus.

A. so much excitement at once as they had in
B. at once as much excitement as
C. at once as much excitement that there were with
D. as much excitement at once as they confronted in
E. so much excitement at once that confronted them in

One of the most useful techniques for solving Sentence Correction problems is using splits among the answer choices to narrow down your options.

In this case, (A) and (E) start with "so much," (B) and (C) start with "At once," and (D) starts with "as much."

Well, "so much" doesn't work here. (D) looks better, because of the correct idiomatic structure "as much....as." "So much...as" means something completely different, and is incorrect in this context.

Now, (B) and (C) do both use "as much...as," but they move the modifier "at once." Well, "confronted at once ________" is just awkward; it isn't the correct place. That's enough to rule out those two choices, but both make grammatical errors as well; (B) compares "excitement" with "1871" due to an improperly constructed comparison, and (C) uses "were" to refer to the uncountable singular "excitement."

Either way, we've ruled out every choice, so (D) is correct!

Originally posted by KapTeacherEli on 29 Jun 2012, 22:31.
Last edited by KapTeacherEli on 30 Jun 2012, 19:05, edited 1 time in total.
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30 Jun 2012, 02:19
faltuhaiye11 wrote:
Never before had circus-goers confronted so much excitement at once as they had in 1871 when the Ringling brothers first opened their circus.

A. so much excitement at once as they had in
B. at once as much excitement as
C. at once as much excitement that there were with
D. as much excitement at once as they confronted in
E. so much excitement at once that confronted them in

Many a times POE is the only key.
B. Never before had circus-goers confronted so much excitement at once as much is unfit.
C.that there were is improper to use here.
D.break the sentence -]Never before had circus-goers confronted + as much excitement at once as they confronted + in 1871 when the Ringling brothers first opened their circus. match and fix
E.Nothing confronted them (them is referring to the circus goers).

+1 for D
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30 Jun 2012, 02:27
Many a times POE is the only key.
B. Never before had circus-goers confronted so much excitement at once as much is unfit.
C.that there were is improper to use here.
D.break the sentence -]Never before had circus-goers confronted + as much excitement at once as they confronted + in 1871 when the Ringling brothers first opened their circus. match and fix
E.Nothing confronted them (them is referring to the circus goers).

+1 for D
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30 Jan 2018, 12:58
It takes me 10 seconds to choose D as I only use ear to filter out wrong option. This is the first time that I do not get distracted by other parts of the sentence. For example, "Never before had" looks like alien to me.
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02 Oct 2018, 16:20
Never before had circus-goers confronted so much excitement at once as they had in 1871 when the Ringling brothers first opened their circus.

A. so much excitement at once as they had in
"had" is not parallel to confronted, we need "did" in this case

B. at once as much excitement as
We need the verb in past tense for parallelism

C. at once as much excitement that there were with
Does not make sense at all

D. as much excitement at once as they confronted in
Do not like the repetition of "confronted", but still - it is a parallel structure and we do not have anything better

E. so much excitement at once that confronted them in
No sense
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